Sale Over…


But, I may run some unadvertised specials.  Meantime, you can buy my new book (CreateSpace, Amazon, Kindle) and you can get print versions of ADV: Travels to Al Qa’im and Beyond and ADV: Travels with Team Easy; and, you can get the Kindle version of A Different View: Travels to Al Qa’im and Beyond
A Different View: Travels with Team Easy, Iraq 2007.  I want to share again the heart of the previous post:

A Different View: DJ, Doura, and Arab Jabour (Volume 3) is a view of the day-to-day life of the troops.  It shares one of the most amazing Christmas dinners I’ve ever had, and it shares a bit about Operation Puppy Love.  More than that, it shows how far things had come, and the hope on all sides that existed in late 2007/early 2008.  It shares what was tossed away for domestic political purposes, and stands in stark contrast to the situation today.

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The New, The Discounted, The Free


The holidays are upon us, and after the year that has been I think we all need something better than good, bad, and ugly.  So, for a limited time, it will be possible to not only buy my new book (CreateSpace, Amazon, Kindle) but you can get print versions of ADV: Travels to Al Qa’im and Beyond and ADV: Travels with Team Easy at a reduced price; and, through the weekend you can get the Kindle version of A Different View: Travels to Al Qa’im and Beyond
at the sale price of $2.99 and you can get the Kindle version of A Different View: Travels with Team Easy, Iraq 2007 for free.

A Different View: DJ, Doura, and Arab Jabour (Volume 3) is a view of the day-to-day life of the troops.  It shares one of the most amazing Christmas dinners I’ve ever had, and it shares a bit about Operation Puppy Love.  More than that, it shows how far things had come, and the hope on all sides that existed in late 2007/early 2008.  It shares what was tossed away for domestic political purposes, and stands in stark contrast to the situation today.

I think you really need to read Sarah A. Hoyt’s entire introduction, but this part captures so much of what I hope is shown in the images:

Children don’t understand about budgetary demands, or the expedient chicanery of partisan propaganda.

All these children who survive will remember is that they were shown something unspeakably beautiful, something they might not have fully understood, but sensed. They were told it could be theirs. And then it was withdrawn. Forever.

The cost of what was done is high, and while we can fix things to some extent, the cost to go back and do so again will be many times more than what was, or could have been.  Trust is something earned, and that is gone.

The three books show the day-to-day life of our troops, and share a bit of the cost even as they show what was, what was building.  Together, they present a portrait, and through the weekend you can get the complete portrait at a discount or for free.

QUESTION:  For anyone who has downloaded the Kindle version of my new book:  Do you have any problems enlarging the photos to see them better?  I’ve had no problem on my phone, but that is not the same as a Kindle reader.  Just had a reviewer complain about this, trying to figure out if it is a legitimate complaint or not.  

A Different View Special!

Okay, the new book is out and can be bought as a print copy at Amazon and at CreateSpace.

To sweeten the deal a bit, the price of the Kindle Version has been dropped, and starting Thursday you will be able to get the previous book on Kindle for a reduced price and the first book on Kindle for free.  That’s right, free.  The specials start Thursday, though the price drop for the new book on Kindle is on now.

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ADV 3 Now Available!

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A Different View:  DJ, Doura, & Arab Jabour is now available for purchase!  You can get it at CreateSpace (an Amazon Company) and it can also be purchased on Amazon proper and on Kindle.  The Kindle version has a number of blank pages inserted, but will live with that to have the photos show up as I wanted them to and following the text written for them.

The book not only showcases some of the day-to-day life of the troops, but also shares with you “Operation Puppy Love” and where things stood in Iraq at the start of 2008.  That stands in stark contrast to where things are today, and I hope it makes clear what was thrown away for domestic political causes.

I want to thank former Playboy staff photographer (and amazing mentor) David Mecey (warning: link may or may not be work safe) for the foreword, and author Sarah A. Hoyt for her incredible introduction.

Below are some cover/promo blurbs you may enjoy:

“Blake Powers is an experienced combat photographer, and this is not his first trip to Iraq. He has an observer’s eye and can bring great meaning to what at first looks like an ordinary snapshot. If you want to understand our soldiers’ day-to-day existence in a foreign war, these photos do it in a way impossible for any other medium.”

Larry Bond, bestselling author of Shattered Trident , Red Phoenix, and co-author of Red Storm Rising 

“What Powers has done in his most recent work is impossible to convey into words. Now more than ever, this book is a must read. The photos timelessly convey the struggle of valor and the American nobility of service at war. From the soiled faces of war weary civilians, to the bone tired appearance of the Warrior Class; these photos present every aspect of a deployment. The mission. The sector. Duty. Sacrifice. Fidelity. Holidays away from home. And the unsung service of those often times forgotten. If it is true that pictures are worth a thousand words, consider Blake Powers to have completed the complete annals of the true sacrifice of the Iraq War.”

David Bellavia, U. S. Army veteran and author of House to House: An Epic Memoir of War

Blake Powers captures tender moments between troops and local Iraqi citizens in a dazzling array of clothing, uniforms, foods and the ever-present smiling, grubby faces of Iraqi children.  In these photos and the accompanying descriptions, Powers deftly delineates the difference between citizens of Iraq who desire peace, against the face of insurgents who only want terror and violence.   This is a brilliant effort to take us to a distant world, the land of Iraq and the people, citizen and soldier, who dwell there.”

S.D Kent, author of Firework, The Training of an American Firefighter

Blogs linking here:

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Artwork & Antiques For Sale

Delivery is NOT included, but selling some items to help fund my work and more.

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LibertyCon 4 cover print, signed and personalized, asking $150

 

 

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Original Samurai Cat artwork by Mark E. Rogers, asking $400

 

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Movement!

Yesterday was long, tiring, and good on many levels.  The rough draft of the next “A Different View” book is completed and now being edited, reviewed, and hopefully having the guest parts written.  Yesterday saw some opportunities for Mission: VALOR and myself identified, and now to seize them.  If you care to help, please hit gofundme or paypal in the tip jar; and, go make a donation to Mission: VALOR right now.  Some incredible opportunities, if we can travel and make the most of them.

Secrets

I’ve written about this before, but am pretty sure that was one of the hundreds of discussions taken out by the crackers that took out the old site.  So, time to do this again given a moving video going around and my sharing it on Facebook.

I tend to think of it happening to me when I was younger, but part of that I suspect comes from parts of my mind that really just don’t want to deal with this.  I may have indicated I was around 12 when an adult male I trusted tried to rape me, but the summer of my 12th birthday I was in Italy and having a wonderful time that opened up the world to me in ways I could never have imagined.  It had to have been when I was about 15 or 16, and not earlier.  I still can’t bring myself to peg it down exactly.

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The Song Remains The Same

Dip.

Labor Day Book Sale

Like books?  Like books in science fiction/fantasy, non-fiction, anthologies, and more?  Well, if you do and like e-books, you are in for a treat with a wide range of works available for $2.99 or less.  Check them out! 

Food For Thought: The Logic of Illogic

A group of writers (and avid readers) I belong to have been discussing some of the issues that plague modern literature, specifically modern science fiction. That said, much of what we see there applies to modern “literature” of any stripe.

To provide some food for thought this day, please go check out this excellent essay on the logic of illogic and think a bit about the points it raises.